Though baby cloth diapers are more expensive than disposables at first, they work out cheaper in the long run. Baby cloth diapers involve much more work than disposables because they have to be rinsed, washed thoroughly, rinsed free of detergent, and dried. You will need a minimum of 24 diapers to ensure that you always have enough clean ones, but the more diapers you can buy the less often you’ll have to do the wash. When buying baby cloth diapers, choose the best that you can afford. They’ll be good value in the long run because they’ll last longer; they’ll also be more absorbent, and therefore more comfortable for your baby.
Shaped diapers are T-shaped, and have a triple-layered central panel for added absorbency. Their shape means that they are more straightforward to put on, and fit the baby more neatly.
If a diaper service is offered in your area, it could be a practical and time-saving alternative. Even if the cost seems high, the service will save you the trouble and expense of washing and drying the diapers – extra tasks you may not have the energy to cope with well as diapers pails and deodorizers, and they often sell diaper wraps, plastic pants, pins, and clips. Prefolded diapers are the most commonly available. These square diapers have a thicker center panel for extra absorbency. Birdseye diapers are large, thin squares that must be folded to fit the baby. If you want to make your own diapers, toweling squares can be folded in various ways, depending on your baby’s size and needs. They are more absorbent than most disposables, so they are so good at night.
With fabric diapers you may want diaper liners. Liners prevent the diaper from getting badly soiled; they can be lifted out with any feces and flushed away. You will also need at least 12 diaper pins or clips – these have locking heads to protect your baby’s skin – and six pairs of plastic pants.